I have seen people in life, met people of all kinds, from different religions and different backgrounds, both black and whites, Indians and Asians, and I have come to realize one thing, that; there is only two kinds of people, good and bad people. My trip to Canada was an eye opener to me, the trip made me realize the true meaning of being humble, loving and respectful, and above all being honest with myself.
It made me realize how important it is to be open and share everything together without being ashamed where you come from, I remember at first I was not willing at all to mention about my family and the kind of seed I germinated from, I never wanted to talk about my mum who fetches water for other villagers in order to provide for my sisters, I never wanted to talk about my dad who was addicted to alcohol, I even never wanted to talk about my home which even we never had furniture.
It was until I met these two women, Silivia Knittel and Alison Stuart in Kenya, who from them I learnt the true meaning of being proud of where you come from and making a difference. It’s through them that I joined PA-MOJA and got a chance to fly to Canada, the trip of my life. Where I came to meet the world where being honest and truthful with yourself is part of their culture.
I will always thank the entire PA-MOJA fraternity for having given me that noble chance to meet people who thought me lots of things, and shade some light into my life.
I have been yearning to share out this story about my homestay family, but because of being in upcountry where accessing internet is very expensive I haven’t been able to.
Just in few words, I will say my homestay family was instrumental and role models to me, they are people who I will never erase in my life, people whom I learnt from them the importance of being honest and turning your sad story to a happy story, I shared with them lots of things about me and my family, they are people who learnt about my weakness of being so mindful about other people and sacrificing for them, and forgetting myself. I still remember these words from my homestay dad, “Victor, it’s high time you start thinking about yourself, go to school, work hard and when you will become successful then go for it, start thinking of people and help them”
These words touched me as that was actually what I was, since I was in high school, thinking of other people first before me. Thus I was in charge of students since I was in junior school all through to high because of my behavior of minding other people welfare more than mine which after all is not a bad thing.
I just can’t forget Kristen, she taught me lots of stuffs, she is the Person whom I first shared about my family, I don’t have enough words to express what kind of mum she was, she made me realize I had two brothers Oliver and Clarke, as they treated me as a family. Even as I am in Kenya, it still always rings in me that I have another family in Canada. The bond of love I have for them and PA-MOJA still remains to be strong and keeps on growing whenever I look at the pictures and the moments I shared with all people in Canada.
It’s from the bottom of my heart that I do say, thank you PA-MOJA and all people who made my stay in Canada wonderful and amazing! I can’t forget also to thank the Langley Fine Arts School, the stuffs, students and all individuals who sacrificed and showed love and care to me during my stay in Canada, I miss you all whom I get to know there during my stay. Thank you all!